An End to Etcetera focuses on a therapist’s efforts to peel back all the trappings to find out the root of a troubled teen’s problems—and it’s a doozy!


The Description

Publication Date: November 30, 2022

A boy. A shadow. A murder.

Or not?

Pathological liar? Sociopathic killer? Or just a troubled kid seeking attention? These are the questions that haunt an obsessive-compulsive therapist as she undertakes the most challenging case of her career.

Sitting on a couch two feet across from Selena Harris is an ordinary-looking teenager who confessed in a text, inadvertently broadcast to his entire school, to drowning an autistic child left in his care. With no evidence to support Leal Porter’s testimony, authorities have referred him to Selena for counseling.

Challenging her professional distance is the emotional bond she develops with this lonely, isolated boy, whom classmates describe as “that scrawny kid who talks to himself at his locker.” Although Selena believes the alleged victim is the product of her client’s fevered imagination, she harbors one major doubt:

What if she’s wrong?

Selena can relate to Leal’s feeling of isolation, especially as she has returned to her small hometown on the heels of a divorce to take care of her father, who has suffered a debilitating stroke. In Leal’s case, however, he’s a school outcast due to his predisposition to tell tall tales to worm his way out of trouble.

Stepping outside the confines of her office in a quest for clues, Selena is willing to violate her ethical oath in her dogged quest to separate fact from fiction. But nothing in her experience prepares her for the harrowing revelation of the inner demon that lurks beneath the surface of Leal’s confession.

The Review

Dr. Selena Harris specializes in therapy for children, but she never expected to encounter Leal Porter.

Author B. Robert Conklin describes Selena’s efforts to wade through all the details of Leal’s troubled ramblings in An End to Etcetera.

Consigned to therapy for a disruption at school, Leal spins a story throughout his sessions that push Selena to the limits of her professional boundaries. Is this 13-year-old boy weaving an imaginative tale about events that unfolded over a summer, or is there a nugget of truth?

While this is very much a slow-burn sort of thriller, it’s not until close to the end that all the details come together for a shocking conclusion.

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About The AuthorB. Robert Conklin (he/him/his) lives in Columbus, Ohio, where he enjoys the unpredictable moments of family life with his spouse, three kids, four cats, and two ferrets. His credits include stories in Blue Moon Literary & Art Review, THAT Literary Review, and Kestrel, with another accepted for publication in The Strong Stuff: The Best of Fictional Café, Volume II. With a teaching background in composition and literature, he has also co-authored a college textbook to help emerging writers connect with their world. In a different medium, he practices the craft of cartooning.



Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.


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An End to Etcetera focuses on a therapist’s efforts to peel back all the trappings to find out the root of a troubled teen’s problems—and it’s a doozy!4-STAR REVIEW: AN END TO ETCETERA by B. Robert Conklin